US eventing & dressage teams win team gold at Pan American Games


GUADALAJARA, Mexico- In an unprecedented effort, the U.S. Eventing Team stormed to Team Gold at the 2011 Pan American Games in classic style Sunday. All five team members added nothing to their dressage scores, to finish on 138.6 - a feat never before achieved in a team eventing championship.

After winning the dressage, they jumped five clear rounds on Saturday's cross-country course, for the first time in anyone's memory and then sealed the victory at Club Hippica with double-clear show jumping.

Earlier last week the U.S. dressage team also won a team gold medal.

The team started off confidently and with each ride, the margin improved. They stormed to victory and won their fourth consecutive Pan American Games Team Gold medal - a first in the sport of dressage. Their combined average score of 74.421 percent left them well clear of the Canadians who won silver with a combined average of 70.413 percent. Colombia put in a valiant late effort to surge into the top three with 69.632 percent.

Led by Olympic veteran Steffen Peters of San Diego, Calif. on Weltino's Magic - the only combination to score over 80 percent - the team put on an exhibition. Peters score of 80.132 percent is a Pan American Games record. A strong anchor rider, Peters had the luxury of a little less pressure due to the fact that the entire team put in top 10 performances.